Harry Yoshizumi

Name Harry Yoshizumi
Born April 18 1922
Birth Location Watsonville, California
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Harry Yoshizumi (1922- ) was born in Watsonville, California, and incarcerated during World War II at Poston , Arizona. While in camp, Yoshizumi was able to study art under the tutelage of Viola Kerbe and former Disney animator Gene Sogioka , who established an active class in watercolors, which enabled Yoshizumi to produce a body of watercolor landscape paintings from his experiences. After the war he moved to New York, where he attended the Art Students League and continued to paint, before moving back to California. After resettling in the San Francisco Bay Area, he enrolled at the California School of Fine Arts, California College of Arts and Crafts, and the Carmel Art Institute. In 1965, Yoshizumi gave up painting and worked for more than twenty-five years at IBM.

His work is included in the collections at the Japanese American Archival Collection, at California State University, Sacramento.

He is now retired and lives in San Jose, California.

Authored by Patricia Wakida

For More Information

The View from Within: Japanese American Art from the Internment Camps, 1942-1945 . Los Angeles: Japanese American National Museum, UCLA Wight Art Gallery, and UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 1992.

California State University Sacramento, Japanese American Archival Collection. Harry Yoshizumi archives.

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